Mamee Toy

Have you ever realize that the older you get, the more you want to be like a kid again? And companies manufacturing junk food are not helping much by including toys in their junk food. Take this Mamee Monster toy for example.

The original form before construction.

It’s so simple that a 5 year old can build it. But yet it baffled someone who’s working in the aviation industry who threw away the wrapper containing the instructions. Though the toy serve very little purpose, even as a toy because it was too fragile, it proved to be an interesting subject nevertheless.

Pieces removed from template.

Completed toy.

When you move this toy around, the crankshaft connected to the “basketball” wheels will cause the Mamee Monster tab to wave around. There are connectors in front and behind the toy so they can be linked together like a train.

Front “wheels”.


Hook to connect to another similar toy.

How big do you think this toy is?

Not very big. Continue reading

Optical Zoom on an Ixus 55

In an previous article, I featured the CHDK (Canon Hacker’s Development Kit). One of the tweaks enables the optical zoom when recording videos. This means better zooming because previously without the hack, you can only do digital zooms when recording videos.

Turns out, the optical zoom was not a very welcoming feature when recording videos. Watch the video below, recorded when using optical zoom, and you’ll realize why.

Turn up your speakers if you’re still confused.

The zoom motor makes such a loud noise that you’ll think you’re watching Arnold zooming in on his targets using his robotic eye in Terminator 2. The designers must have taken this into consideration when building this camera. No one wants such an awful noise when zooming, so disabling it was a clear option.

Come to think about it, this feature would be really handy for the directors of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. They can skip dubbing in those motor sounds for Summer Glau. Continue reading